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PowerDirector Ultra 12 – video editor review

PowerDirector Ultra 12 - video editor review

PowerDirector Ultra is a low cost video editor which is quite easy to use. Notwithstanding the low pricing, it is a good alternative for those who are not acquainted with video editing yet, because the learning curve is much lower than the professional packages like Adobe Premiere or FinalCut Pro. In this article, I share [...]

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Cache-control enhances RTMP streaming playback

Cache-control enhances RTMP streaming playback

When you have frequent problems playing back RTMP streaming videos or audios via AWS CloudFront (stuttering or stalling), you can use a simple trick to boost the performance by adding a cache header to the HTTP headers of your media in the S3 bucket. It is possible to add or change the HTTP headers of [...]

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Shared hosting, dedicated server, virtual private server, cloud hosting, where do you fit in?

Shared hosting, dedicated server, virtual private server, cloud hosting, where do you fit in?

Since my long experience with various hosting providers (since 1997), I thought it would be useful to share my knowledge related to setting up a video or audio portal. This article is also useful to compare various options for regular websites. There are 5 main methods to host your website:  Dedicated Server, Real Private Server(RPS), [...]

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Update on WordPress vs Joomla

Update on WordPress vs Joomla

Just a short notice that we revised our article on WordPress vs Joomla – Review (revised) Since this article got a lot of attention and things have moved on over the years, we revised it to reflect the current stable versions for WordPress 3.6 and Joomla 2.5. In some areas, both CMS have come closer together [...]

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Protected download links on WordPress, who needs it?

Protected download links on WordPress, who needs it?

If you want to offer videos or audios for download, or actually any file type on your WordPress site, but you do not want the links to be leeched on other sites, you might be interested in this free WordPress plugin; S3Media LinkSafe Lite 1.0. It creates expiring links to files on your S3 bucket [...]

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Amazon Elastic Transcoder review

Amazon Elastic Transcoder review

Elastic Transcoder is an online service of AWS Amazon. It converts videos online and you can chose from a range of presets to determine the format of the output. It is possible to set several formats in one go and have them transcoded/converted in the background. You can also create new presets based on existing [...]

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How to create captions/subtitles for video and audio in WebVTT, SRT, DFXP format

How to create captions/subtitles for video and audio in WebVTT, SRT, DFXP format

This tutorial shows how easy it is to create captions/subtitles files in WebVTT, SRT and DFXP format for subtitling in videos and audios. Depending on the media player you use, you can even provide subtitles in different languages for the same media. Subtitle files are basically text files you can write in Notepad(Win) or SimpleText(Mac). [...]

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Should I upgrade to JW Player Pro 6 or Premium?

Should I upgrade to JW Player Pro 6 or Premium?

Update 16 April 2014: A question that pops up regularly these days is: “Should I upgrade to JW Player 6?”  This depends on which features of JW Player you are using currently. JW Player 6 has a new set of advanced features which are surely worthwhile to investigate, but keep in mind there are quite [...]

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Embedding an audio with poster image, watermark and subtitles, using JW Player 5.10

Embedding an audio with poster image, watermark and subtitles, using JW Player 5.10

Embedded audios in a website generally display a simple control bar with navigation buttons to play, pause, rewind and so on. While this is great for audio libraries, it can be so much more. In this tutorial, I’ll show you step by step how to add a poster image, a watermark and subtitles, using JW [...]

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How to embed a video from Vimeo in WordPress without iFrame

How to embed a video from Vimeo in WordPress without iFrame

As explained in the older article, Vimeo.com has 3 standard ways to display videos directly on your website or blog.  In this article, I explain how to use the  standard method, embedding to place videos in WordPress. Since WordPress does not accept the iFrame method, we need to use the old embedding method.  Vimeo makes [...]

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Australia gets its own S3 Edge server

Australia gets its own S3 Edge server

Finally, after a lot of nagging by various interested parties(me included), Australia gets its own Edge server on S3 Amazon, namely in Sydney. This will have quite some impact on delivery of streaming video and audio in the Land Down Under, because they have serious problems playing HD video. An edge server is especially useful [...]

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How to skip to a chapter in a video with JW Player?

How to skip to a chapter in a video with JW Player?

A chapter is a place in the timeline of a streaming video. It can be anywhere in the video and there is no need to define chapters upfront. With JW Player, you can add chapter links to any part of a video or audio. This is very useful in lengthy videos/audios which cover several topics. [...]

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Big improvements on S3Media Stream for Joomla!

Big improvements on S3Media Stream for Joomla!

S3Media Stream is a powerful tool to publish private streaming video and audio with S3 CloudFront on Joomla sites. We are happy to announce big improvements on this extension. So far, it worked with a module to display the rich media. Like its WordPress version, it also has protected download links for all sorts of [...]

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How to setup a Billing Alert for AWS Amazon/CloudFront

How to setup a Billing Alert for AWS Amazon/CloudFront

Billing Alert from S3 Amazon is a fantastic new feature. It gives you the opportunity to be warned by email when your bill reaches an amount you determine upfront. This will help you greatly to control your spending on AWS, since you can take immediate action when necessary. Sometimes, your audios or videos score a hit [...]

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Embedding a Playlist for Streaming Video – using JW Player

Embedding a Playlist for Streaming Video - using JW Player

Embedding a video/audio playlist is not difficult at all, it only requires your full attention. In this tutorial (part 2), I’ll show you how to embed a dynamic playlist. A dynamic playlists differs with a regular playlist in a sense that you do not need to create a separate xml file.  For this tutorial, you [...]

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